Allied Warships

HMS Abingdon (J 23)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassHunt 
PennantJ 23 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) : Clark 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched11 Jun 1918 
Commissioned6 Nov 1918 
Lost5 Apr 1942 
History

On 5 April 1942 HMS Abingdon (Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR) was waiting to enter Kalkara Creek Dock for repairs when an Italian air attack began, in the course of which she sustained severe damage. Her back was broken and she was beached off Bighi to prevent sinking in deeper water, but after survey she was declared a Constructive Total Loss. Scrapped in situ during the 1950s.
It is stated her loss was particularly grievous, since she was, at the time, the only sweeper available at Malta.

 

Commands listed for HMS Abingdon (J 23)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. (retired) Arthur Ronald Farquhar, DSC, RN19 Aug 1939Mar 1940
2Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNRMar 19405 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Abingdon include:


1940
Transferred from the Far East to Malta.

30 Apr 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was slightly damaged in detonating an acoustic mine.

30 Dec 1941
While sweeping off St. Elmo's breakwater, HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by several Ju-88s, damaging one of them with AAA.

31 Dec 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by 2 Me-109s with gunfire, suffered 7 men wounded, 3 of them seriously. Upon entering harbour came under attack of 3 more Me-109s and shot one down.
Following this attack she was ordered to sweep only at night, navigating by means of small lights shown at fixed intervals from shore so as to allow her to obtain cross-bearings.

1 Apr 1942
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was damaged by near-misses during an Axis air raid.


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